It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the annual gorge-fest taking place at family dinner tables across the country. And girl, we know if you have anything to do with it, that feast is gonna be fire! But if you're worried about losing some of the fitness gains you've made from crushing it all year , why not save your thighs some lunges and try replacing one or more of your traditional dishes with a healthy Thanksgiving recipe?
Since you're a workout queen, you may be thinking: "But cooking burns up to 150 calories per hour, so by the time I sit down, I'll have worked off my meal!" Well, not quite, considering the average American consumes a whopping 4,500 calories at Thanksgiving dinner. Dude. That's way more than any of you babes consumes in an entire-ass day! One of the most delicious caloric culprits on the table has to be candied yams (or sweet potatoes). And, hey, we get it. If you don't serve the fam their traditional holiday fare, you'll be run out of town on a turkey. Am I right?
Get ready for deliciousness
Well, we're giving you a healthy Thanksgiving recipe for sweet potatoes (see below) that's just as yummy and far better for your midriff. Sweet potatoes are actually nutritious AF. They're high in fiber (so they won't spike blood sugar and insulin levels) and chock full of vitamins … it's the gobs of sugar, marshmallows, and salty butter that you load into them that aren't so great.
Our healthy Thanksgiving recipe for sweet potatoes is made with a savory blend of garlic, rosemary, and other seasonings. Did we mention it includes butter? It's the healthier, clarified ghee butter, which we love because it has a deliciously nutty flavor and can withstand higher temperatures while cooking (485 degrees). And, since the fat in the butter is separated from the milk solids, it's lactose-free -- which is huge if you're sensitive to dairy products (Ghee is also known to promote a healthy gastrointestinal tract, so if you're grappling with gut stuff, check out our Hypo 101: 4 Week Hypothyroidism Meal Plan .)
This sweet potato recipe is super easy, so we hope you give it a whirl. And if you're feeling frisky, check out more of our ho-ho-healthy holiday recipes available in the Holiday Survival Guide and recipe book . Because we know the holidays are one big food slog, and considering the extra stress we've all been under this year, we're likely all going to need a little help muddling through with our waistline intact.